France Buys Four Camcopter S-100 UAVs for Mistral-Class Warships

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France Buys Four Camcopter S-100 UAVs for Mistral-Class Warships
French Navy's Mistral helicopter carrier.

The French Navy has procured two CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) with a total of four Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) for deployment on the Mistral-class amphibious helicopter carriers (PorteHélicoptères Amphibie – PHA) Tonnerre and Mistral.

The acquisition comes after the successful integration of the CAMCOPTER S-100 on the French Navy Mistral-class vessel Dixmude, which was finalised in 2019. This was the first time in Europe, that a rotary wing UAS had been connected to the combat system of an amphibious helicopter carrier, Schiebel said in a release.

France Buys Four Camcopter S-100 UAVs for Mistral-Class Warships
CAMCOPTER S-100 UAVs

The acceptance tests of the two systems took place in the last week of October with representatives of Naval Group and the French Navy in attendance.

Over the next few months the newly acquired CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS will be integrated on the French Navy’s vessels Tonnerre and Mistral, significantly enhancing the helicopter carrier’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

CAMCOPTER S-100 VTOL UAS

The S-100 is capable of carrying 34kg of payload for more than 6 hours. It can take a maximum payload of 50kg. It navigates automatically via pre-programmed GPS waypoints or can be operated directly with a pilot control unit.

France Buys Four Camcopter S-100 UAVs for Mistral-Class Warships
Mistral (L 9013) warship.

Missions are planned and controlled via a simple point-and-click graphical user interface. High-definition payload imagery is transmitted to the control station in real time. Using “fly-by-wire” technology controlled by redundant flight computers, the UAV can complete its mission automatically in the most complex of electromagnetic environments. Its carbon fiber and titanium fuselage provides capacity for a wide range of payload / endurance combinations.

Other customers for the S-100 include Australia, Malaysia, France, Croatia and Norway among others.

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